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    • News Release: November 9, 2016

      The MSCFF congratulates Governor-Elect Greitens. The campaign season is over and we look forward to working with Governor-Elect Greitens and his staff on the many issues facing Missouri’s Public Safety concerns. On behalf of our 6,000 members I have every confidence that we will build a relationship that will benefit all Missourians.

      Sherwood L. Smith

      President

      Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters would like to welcome our newest Affliate Local: Lake City, MO Fire Fighters.  Lake City Fire Fighters protect the individuals that work and reside at the Army Ammunition Production facility, located in Independence, MO. 

      IAFF 2nd District Officers,

      SAFER funding only includes staffing and not any of the other requirements to hire and train fire fighters. AFG is the only place where training and equipment can be requested. Many departments have not considered this and then have to find the funding for physicals, training, and other requirements for bringing on or rehiring fire fighters. Once this application period closes on November 18, 2016 the next time this grant will open will not be until the middle or late 2017. It is very important to consider all the requirement for adding staffing now and not waiting until the SAFER grant application period. No date have been announced for SAFER grant application period.

      Training is a major component of this grant. Funding can be requested for a variety of training programs including all those offered by the IAFF. With other sources of training grant money drying up, it is imperative that departments needing this training put in AFG requests for it. Depending on the cost of the program, it might meet the requirements to be requested as a micro grant which can increase the odds of approval. Expensive programs like Fire Ground Survival can be requested which will make these programs much more accessible.

      Health and wellness is also a major component of the grant. If your department doesn’t have a health and safety program, or lack portions such as mental health, this is the time to be requesting funding for these projects. Depending on the cost of the project, these can also be requested as micro grants.

      Over the last seven year many departments within the IAFF 2nd District have received technical assistance to create successful grants. Please contact me for technical assistance as quickly as possible for AFG and any other grant. The earlier we can help the more successful the request. Our union needs to be involved in the decision making and application creation so we can protect and support our members as much as possible. We can help you make your application as successful as possible. Of all the applications files only about 25% make it through the process. Successful applications are ranked based on their computer and table scores and then awards are made until the money runs out. It’s not just important to make it through, it’s important to rank high to improve your chances of success. We can help.

      Stay Safe,

      Mark Woolbright
      IAFF 2nd District Vice President


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      Photo credit: The Missouri Times
      Members of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters were proudly displaying their Gold and Black signs IAFF Fire Fighters for Schmitt during a press conference that was held in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on August 24th.  Senator Eric Schmitt is running for Missouri Treasurer.

      Senator Schmitt praised the men and women who serve as Firefighters, EMT's and Paramedics in Missouri for the jobs that they perform serving our communities.  Senator Schmitt said he was honored to have the endorsement of the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters.  Read more about this at Missouri Times article here.

       

      Brothers and Sisters of the IAFF 2nd District,

      This past week has seen several events unfold at a national and local level that could potentially impact our lives . Between the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges, the very recent police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, and the unspeakable tragedy that unfolded in Dallas resulting in the loss of at least five of our brother law enforcement officers…. and just yesterday the police officer being ambushed and shot in St. Louis County who remains in critical condition. The national news and in particular social media have exploded with people from all walks of life expressing very strong opinions on these situations.

      I ask that you keep the fallen, their families, and their co-worker in your thoughts and prayers, and I encourage you to see that these events represent a very real reason for us as first responders to remind ourselves that we are the government, and to people who feel oppressed and disenfranchised by the government, we represent the forces they believe are treating them unfairly. Across the country, Fire and EMS workers have increasingly become victims of violence, and events such as those that occurred this week only heighten the potential for that to occur.

      Many of our members have been expressing concerns and opinions on social media and in the firehouses/ambulance bases amongst our sisters and brothers. We all have a right to do that. It’s called freedom of speech – and it’s a right that every single one of us takes seriously. As we move forward, to make sure we all stay strong for each other and continue to display our professionalism, we want you to keep some things in mind.

      Remember that the IAFF is a family. Everyone we work with and everyone in our respective communities – the people who pay our salaries and who we put our lives on the line to protect – are also a part of our extended family.

      This broader family is made up of people of many races, colors, creeds, national origins, genders, sexual orientations, income levels and religions.

      And just as important as our right to free speech, every single one of us has the right to a safe and respectful workplace, and to be treated with respect.

      We also have a responsibility to be respectful to others at all times. It is crucial that, as leaders and as trusted protectors of our community, we make our display of respect universal. Nothing less is acceptable.

      Every single one of us has a role in this.

      Before you speak; before you talk to others in the community or to someone on the side during a call; before you post a comment or share a link on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram; think about the message you are sending (intentional or not). Because the photos, the cartoons and news articles with the political opinions, the info graphics you send around, are a reflection on not only you but on all of those with whom you serve.

      And as we all know too well, those who work against us, those who don’t like what we stand for, it takes just one mistake, one slip up, for them to grab hold and make a big deal out of something, no matter how small, unfair or out of context it may be. Yes, we are held at a higher standard.

      It’s a tough spot to be in, but it’s what every single one of us chose willingly when we signed up for this job.

      Because of the work all of you do every day, we have a very high standing within our communities. Overwhelmingly, the public holds us in high regard.

      To continue to be effective, to continue to hold the trust, to continue to be able to work to improve our lives and safety on the job, we need to maintain that standing.

      At the end of the day, we all share one thing in common – to ensure the safety of the public (and each other) we so proudly serve while doing the job we love. That’s what unites us. That’s what makes us strong. We all work side-by-side, everyday in life and death situations. And we all have a role in keeping our union and our ranks strong.  Please stay alert, familiar with your surroundings and lets continue to have each other’s back.


      Stay Safe

      In Solidarity,

      Mark Woolbright
      IAFF 2nd District Vice President

      The Delegates at the 50th IAFF Convention passed Resolution #23 "Our Good Name" which applies to the use of the IAFF Logo.

      This resolution condemns the act of ordering or applying this union’s good name in the form of the IAFF Logo, the letters IAFF or the words “International Association of Fire Fighters” to any piece of apparel or merchandise that is not UNION made, or is made outside of the United States of America or Canada.

      Union Shop Apparel is one of the only organizations within North America that fully complies with Resolution #23.  All of the employees at Union Shop Apparel are members of IUPAT Local 820.  We invite you to visit their website and checkout their new Online Store.  They specialize in Custom Embroidery and Silk Screening.


      What's New at MSCFF

      The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters is proud to introduce our newest communication tool; the UnionActive™ Mobile Application for Android, iOS Smartphones and Tablets. 

      This new technology works in concert with our website.  All this is required to use the Mobile App is to be a registered user with the MSCFF website.  We will soon provide all registered members a link to download the Mobile App via Google Play or iTunes Store thru our website Email system.

      If you are not currently a registered member we would like to encourage you to visit our website and register.  Once you have been approved you will have complete access to the latest information regarding Fire Fighter Issues within Missouri right in the palm of your hand.  Please allow 24 to 48 hours to be approved once you have registered.  

      Once you download the Mobile App, you will log into the application with the same User Name and Password that you established to access the MSCFF website.  From that point forward each time you launch the Mobile App you are already logged in and can access the Members Only Section of the website via the Mobile App.

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      Current news directly from IAFF locals, councils, and state/province associations in the US and Canada.

      2016 Christmas Ornament is now available
      12/07/16 - Waterbury Fire Fighters Association
      The 2016 Christmas Ornament is now available. Waterbury Station 3 Station 3 was built in 1903 at 288 Washington Avenue, in the Brooklyn section of Waterbury. It was constructed to replace a volunteer station located at 905 Bank Street and housed both Engine Company 3 and the Bureau of Auto Repair. In May 1964 the firehouse was shuttered to make way for the new Route 8.
      Pearl Harbor & Honolulu FD
      12/07/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Today is the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, something many today know nothing about. Here is a little history courtesy of the Joey DiBernardo Foundation: As the Hickam Field firefighting apparatus was knocked out, Honolulu Fire companies responded to assist with the fires. At 0826 a Japanese aerial bomb was dropped on crews from HFD Engine Co.1, 4, and 6.
      Santa Breakfast
      12/07/16 - Newport News Firefighter's Association
      Today is the last day to sign up your family for the Santa breakfast on Dec 10th. Please sign up here. It will be 12/10 at 9am located at Angelo's Steak & Pancake house.
      City of Chula Vista to swear in Council Members Padilla and Diaz
      12/07/16 - IAFF Local 2180
      All Local 2180 members are invited to attend the swearing in of both Council Members Steve Padilla and Mike Diaz. Both Council Members elect have requested all of us to attend the swearing in ceremony. The ceremony will be at City Hall at 1800 hours. After the Ceremony you are invited to attend a hosted reception at Third Avenue Alehouse to celebrate.
      Stamford Firefighters Holiday Toy Drive Information
      12/06/16 - IAFF Local 786
      December 6, 2016 - The Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association is hosting its 11th annual toy drive from November 20 – December 15. Those wishing to donate can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any Stamford fire station any day of the week between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Gifts should include toys appropriate for children under the age of 18.
      Day 6 Winner
      12/06/16 - IAFF Local 135
       The Day 6 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Justin Klein ticket #386.
      PFFA E-Board meeting
      12/06/16 - Professional Fire Fighters Of Alabama
      The next PFFA E- Board meeting will be held on December 16th at  the Birmingham Local Union Hall.
      Regular Union Meeting December 6, 2016
      12/06/16 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
      Regular Union Meeting Decemebr 6, 2016 1900 hours at FS6.
      Update on Retiree Healthcare Bills
      12/06/16 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
      Day 5 Winner
      12/05/16 - IAFF Local 135
      The Day 5 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Paul Stephens ticket #1172.
      Man the Kettles!
      12/05/16 - New London Fire Fighters
      The NLFD will be in front of the New London ShopRite on North Frontage road December 8th between 10am-4pm manning the Salvation Army kettle. Stop by to meet us, lend a hand or to donate! Contact FF Todd Johnson for more information.
      Blood Drive
      12/05/16 - IAFF Local 902
      Join us aboard the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women's Hospital Blood Mobile at the Malden Fire Department, 1 Sprague Street, on Monday, December 19, 2016 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
      Toys for Joy 2016
      12/05/16 - Kent Fire Fighters
      Local 1747, the Kent Firefighters Foundation and the Kent Regional Fire Authority are proud to once again be kicking off our Toys for Joy campaign. Toys for Joy is an annual event where new, unwrapped toys are collected, sorted, wrapped and delivered to local food banks and outreach programs to be distributed to local families in our community for the holidays.
      REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR SEMINAR PEP WORKSHOPS ON JANUARY 10TH, 2017
      12/05/16 - Oregon State Fire Fighters Council
      The Local President and/or Local Secretary Treasurer can sign up all their members. Please signup for courses by DECEMBER 30th. If you have multiple members attending, we would appreciate if you would not sign them all up for the same workshop track.
      Operation Warm 2016
      12/05/16 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
      UNION MEETING REMINDER
      12/05/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      UNION MEETING REMINDER
      12/05/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Membership Meeting
      12/04/16 - IAFF Local F-102
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      Day 4 Winner
      12/04/16 - IAFF Local 135
      The Day 4 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Joe Nail ticket #1018.
      Special Investigation
      12/04/16 - IAFF 1826
      Day 3 Winner
      12/03/16 - IAFF Local 135
      The Day 3 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Noell Shaw ticket #61.
      Impasse update
      12/03/16 - IAFF 1826
      Holiday Party
      12/03/16 - IAFF Local F283
      Brothers and Sisters, The Annual Holiday Party is tonight at 6:00 pm at the American Lake Club on North Fort Lewis. This is going to be another great year with lots of raffle items to go along with a traditional holiday dinner that is provided for everyone. Please come one and come all. Everyone and their family is welcome to join us and enjoy the holidays.
      Day 2 Winner
      12/02/16 - IAFF Local 135
      The Day 2 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Brian Collier, ticket #672.
      2017 Ball, news, notes, tickets, and hotel rooms
      12/02/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good evening all members, Happy Holidays.  This is an email to inform you Ball season has begun, I hope you are as excited as I am, as I love balls. This years ball includes the awards ceremony and retiree celebration of life. Tickets for the 2017 DFD ball are now on sale, the date for the event is Saturday February 25th @ the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver.
      2017 Ball, news, notes, tickets, and hotel rooms
      12/02/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Good evening all members, Happy Holidays.  This is an email to inform you Ball season has begun, I hope you are as excited as I am, as I love balls. This years ball includes the awards ceremony and retiree celebration of life. Tickets for the 2017 DFD ball are now on sale, the date for the event is Saturday February 25th @ the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Denver.
      Firset Responder Challenge
      12/02/16 - Boston Fire Fighters
      Denver Burn Foundation Payday Raffle Winner
      12/02/16 - Denver Firefighters Local 858
      Happy Payday and Happy December,  Before we get to the Payday Raffle here are some fun, upcoming events that support the Burn Foundation and will prove to always be a great time: The final Payday drawing for 2016 will be for $5,000.00 and will be held at Dougherty’s Restaurant and Pub on December 30th at 9:00 a.m.
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      12/02/16 - Toy Program
      Bowling Team Toy Drive
      12/02/16 - Toy Program
      Day 1 Winner
      12/01/16 - IAFF Local 135
      The Day 1 Winner of the 25 Guns for Christmas is Mark Garcia.
      The St. Cloud Fire Department is currently accepting applications.
      12/01/16 - Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters
      The St. Cloud Fire Department is currently accepting applications.  This is skilled firefighting work in combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires, in responding to render emergency medical services, in responding to and mitigating other emergencies, and the operation and maintenance of fire department equipment, apparatus, and quarters.
      New VP
      11/30/16 - IAFF Local 1565
      Congratulations to Justin Dial.
      Red Dog Restaurant presents Santa's Holiday Brunch
      11/29/16 - Toy Program
      Engine Co 7 Recieves New Engine 11/29/2016
      11/29/16 - Scranton Firefighters IAFF Local # 60
      Engine Co. 7 recieved a brand new 2016 KME Pumper today.
      UPFFA of Ct. Member Questionnaire/Survey
      11/29/16 - UPFFA
      Dear UPFFA of Ct. Member: We have developed a member questionnaire/survey; the purpose of this questionnaire/survey will enable the Officers, Executive Board, and Staff the ability to provide the highest level of service to our affiliated locals.
      Mike Vonesh Retirement Party
      11/29/16 - Franklin Park Firefighters
      Mike Vonesh Retirement Party
      11/29/16 - Franklin Park Firefighters
      Hank Jandrich Family Help Needed
      11/28/16 - IAFF Local 21
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      Partyyyyy!!!!
      11/28/16 - IAFF Local F283
      We are ready to go for the Holiday Party!! It's happening this Saturday, December 3rd, from 6pm to 10pm at the American Lake Club on Lewis North. Families are very welcome. Dinner is catered, delicious and complimentary to all. Raffle tickets are $2 cash money. All of this year's proceeds are going to support Captain Eric Sheppard's son, Aiden Sheppard.
      2016 Toys For Tots Drive
      11/28/16 - IAFF Local 21
      The 2016 Toys For Tots drive is here. Starting November 29th drop off boxes will be located at all 15 Saint Paul Fire Stations. We will be accepting NEW wrapped toys for all age groups until December 19th.
      MFD Kids Christmas Party
      11/28/16 - IAFF Local 271
      All Missoula Fire Department members (PAST and PRESENT) and their families are invited to our Annual Family Christmas Party. Ride the carousel til you puke! Where: Missoula Carousel When: Dec. 12th from 6pm to 8pm Who: Your family and SANTA! See attached flier for details.  See you there.
      Longmont Lights Parade
      11/28/16 - Longmont Professional Fire Fighters Association - IAFF Local 1806
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      SAVE THE DATE
      11/28/16 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Merritt Parkway Accident
      11/28/16 - IAFF Local 1081
      On November 27th at 7:42PM the Westport Fire Department received a call for the accident with injuries on the Merritt Parkway Northbound between Exit 41 and Exit 42. The Westport Fire Department responded with Engine 2, Rescue 3 and Car 3 with a total of 8 firefighters and officers.
      The Battle For Benefits
      11/27/16 - IAFF Local 21
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      11/27/16 - Toy Program
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